SealSkinz, the leading manufacturer of patented waterproof and breathable accessories, has announced the hiring of Brendan Collins to the position of National Accounts Manager. He reports to US Country Manager Shawn Pritchett.
“Brendan’s relationships and his knowledge of specialty retail, combined with his outstanding sales and customer service skills, set him apart from other candidates,” said Pritchett. “He’s a great addition to our team.”
Brendan Collins, new SealSkinz National Accounts Manager, most recently worked for bike and outdoor accessory manufacturer Seattle Sports Company, starting there in 2013 as its Western Sales Manager. He became its National Sales Manager in mid-2014, handling key outdoor specialty retailer accounts in the US and Canada and directing its sales team.
Prior to this, he worked in sales and customer service for camping equipment manufacturer Exped and the Minneapolis-based retailer Midwest Mountaineering, where he was a department coordinator for three and a half years. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, he also has experience guiding kayak and overland tours in New Zealand.
Collins starts with SealSkinz next week, where the company is exhibiting at the Interbike International Bicycle Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, on 21-23 September. SealSkinz will exhibit at Booth #4094.
At Interbike, SealSkinz will introduce what is being billed as its largest and most comprehensive collection of road- and mountain-specific items to date. The brand has reportedly grown in popularity with IBDs and its sales are up 98% in this channel year-to-date in 2016.
Pritchett credits the company’s growth in the bike segment to strong demand, based on ‘a uniquely diversified product offering, and SealSkinz increasing customer brand recognition.’
SealSkinz Dragon Eye MTB Ultra Light Glove
One new product that will be unveiled at Interbike is the Dragon Eye MTB Ultralite Glove (MSRP US$45), which is a lightweight, flexible and close-fitting single-layer glove created exclusively for mountain biking. It features touchscreen-friendly finger and thumb tips, a synthetic suede palm, and zero padding for maximum control and feel on the trail.
SealSkinz MTB Mid with HydroStop orange
SealSkinz is also launching a thinner iteration of its mountain biking sock, the MTB Thin Mid with Hydrostop (MSRP US$58). It features SealSkinz’ patented StretchDry waterproof technology and silicone-free taping inside the cuff to prevent the ingress of water and help hold the sock in place.